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Lincoln train station £250k refurb begins

Some £250,000 worth of improvement works have begun at Lincoln Central Train Station

The project, funded by Network Rail and East Midlands Trains, will see the station entrance refurbished with a new, brighter and enlarged booking hall.

The station hall will also be reconfigured in order to improve the flow of passengers in and out of the station.

New toilets are to be fitted (including an accessible one), as well as changing facilities.

In addition, improved cycling facilities will be installed, with shelters and CCTV, as part of East Midlands Trains’ commitment to deliver greener travel.

The works, delivered by B&K services, are due for completion in March 2014.



To mark the beginning of the improvement scheme, Neil Micklethwaite, Commercial and Customer Service Director for East Midlands Trains, launched the project on Wednesday, December 11.

Neil Micklethwaite said: “The accessibility enhancements and upgrade of facilities at Lincoln will make a big difference to the overall travelling experience for the passengers who use it for over 1.6 million journeys every year.

“We are investing over £10 million to improve our stations which provide a crucial gateway to our train services.

“As one of the major cities and larger stations on our network, Lincoln is a vital hub for serving our passengers in Lincolnshire and the East of our network and we’re certain these improvements will be welcomed by our passengers.”

Recently, Lincoln Central benefitted from free Wi-Fi installation as part of national rail investment programmes.
 

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Recent updates in Lincoln

Student Flats & Retail approved.

http://thelincolnite.co.uk/2014/01/new-28m-lincoln-student-flats-approved/

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Lincoln Footbridge approved

http://thelincolnite.co.uk/2014/01/green-light-for-lincoln-high-street-footbridge/

Few other bits and pieces going on that I haven't got links for. The new Science Park is looking nearer completion week on week on Beevor Street.

Also, a big year for the road infrastructure - Canwick Road improvements, East West Link development & Lincoln Eastern bypass all set to start this year.

Can anybody share any further information?
 

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Alstom wins contract for Brigg renewable energy plant in UK​

Alstom has won a contract from Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor (BWSC) to provide a 45MW Geared Reaction steam turbine (GRT) for the Brigg renewable energy plant in Lincolnshire, the UK.

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Looks like another mid-rise planned for the Brayford Marina area, for University accomodation:

Bid race starts for £20m Lincoln Uni student halls



The University of Lincoln is to start shortlisting contractors to bid for a £20m student halls project.

The 8-storey new student accommodation will be built at its Brayford Campus in central Lincoln on the Marina site.

Presently the plan is to use of a 2 stage design and build procurement process for the job which involves buiding 500 bed spaces in a mixture of clusters and studios.

PQQs need to be completed by 13 October and are available on the University procurement
c/o ConsrructionEnquirer.com, date 17 September 2014

The article states 8 storeys but the image shows 11 storeys, might be worth a check of which is correct.
 

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Looks like another mid-rise planned for the Brayford Marina area, for University accomodation:



c/o ConsrructionEnquirer.com, date 17 September 2014

The article states 8 storeys but the image shows 11 storeys, might be worth a check of which is correct.
benn away from the site for a while. wonder where exactly this new block will go. Only place I can think of is alongside the flyover bridge?
 

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Well this seems to replace the former Lindongate/John Lewis plans

Plans for £25m transport hub to regenerate Lincoln city centre

Plans for a £25 million transport hub in the centre of Lincoln have been revealed, including a new bus and train station, a 1,000 space car park and new pedestrian footbridges.

The scheme would be led by the City of Lincoln Council in partnership with Lincolnshire Co-op and Network Rail, working with East Midlands Trains and Lincolnshire County Council.

Subject to planning consent and the acquirement of extra funding, work is planned to start on the site in September 2016 and be constructed within two and a half years.



The project would involve demolishing the existing outdated bus station and building a new fit-for-purpose facility next to the train station – also earmarked for upgrades.

The bus station is currently used by 30,000 people per day and around 7 million a year.

Both the pedestrian footbridge and platform footbridge over the railway would also be demolished, to be replaced by a dual function footbridge between Tentercroft Street and St Mary’s Street.

The footbridges would provide connections onto the railway station platforms, access to the new bus station and improving links between the north and south of the city centre.

A new multi-storey car park – with space for 1,000 vehicles and pay on exit facilities – would be built on the site of the current bus station, supporting the hub and the high street.

There will be additional benefits for cyclists, including cycle spaces and lanes.

The city council say 30% of the construction costs and 20% of the labour would be from within 10 miles of Lincoln.

Councillor Ric Metcalfe, Leader of the city council, said: “This is a huge scheme that would bring equally huge benefits to all who live and work in Lincoln, and importantly to those who visit the city and invest in it as well.

“As a council we want to ensure the vitality of our city centre. A transport interchange in the heart of the city, serving residents, businesses and visitors, will not only regenerate the area but is key to achieving the growth the city needs.”

Kate Ellis, Assistant Director for Planning and Regeneration at the City of Lincoln Council, said: “Once Lincoln has a new fit-for-purpose bus station that people actually feel safe using then I think we’ll see more busses put on and more evening services.

“We’re also looking at the design of the bus station to make it easier for people to know where the hub is.

“When we do get more direct trains and improved services both to Nottingham and to London that passenger increase will gradually start to feed through.”

MP for Lincoln Karl McCartney added: “It is, of course, also a priority that we do all we can to improve our transport system so that we continue to encourage more visitors to Lincoln and the money they bring with them that supports our local shops, tourist attractions and jobs.

“It is a pity this was not done ahead of the Magna Carta’s 800th Anniversary celebrations this year, but I am continuing to work to bring together representatives of organisations and businesses to seek to enhance and facilitate improvements to our city and its hinterland.”

Funding the first phase

On January 19 City of Lincoln Council’s Executive will be asked to support the development of the scheme by committing a further £760,470 of capital funds to allow a planning application to be submitted.

If the additional funding is agreed by the Executive it will bring the total committed to the project to £1.3 million.

This will be followed by a four-week public consultation from January 26, during which the city council is asking for feedback and hosting drop-in sessions.

In early 2014, the project received £11 million indicative funding through the Single Local Growth Fund from the Department for Transport, from the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

The remainder of the funding would come from other project partners.

Angela Andrews, acting chief executive sponsoring the project from the corporate management team: “This is a huge project for the city council both financially and organisationally.

“As yet we haven’t contracted for the pricing for this so we have estimated around £25 million for all the elements of this scheme.

“There will be some public funds going into the project potentially from ourselves and the county council but the private and the LEP funding.

“The four-week public consultation starts on January 26 so the public and others of the existing bus station and rail users will be able to influence what they think it should be.”

Disruption expected

The city council say there would be some disruption during the construction of the different elements of the scheme and commuters, residents and visitors will be made aware of possible road closures.

The existing bus station will continue to operate as normal while construction is ongoing and bus services will not be affected.

Similarly, the train station will continue to operate but there will be disruptions to services once the footbridges are underway.

There would be some loss of car parking spaces at Thornbridge roof top car park, above the bus station, until the new multi-storey is built.

Kate Ellis added: “We have to do the bus station first on the site that’s used by Network Rail for its operation and its customer car park. Those using the train station will park at the Tentercroft Street car park.

“Once that’s up and capable of being operated then that enables us to demolish the existing station to make way for the multi-storey car park. The new footbridges will also be completed in the early stages.

“Highway improvements will be put in alongside the development of the bus station. There is bound to be disruption but because by this time the East West Link Road will be completed it means people will have an alternative route.”
 

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Plans for £1m Brayford restaurant within a year



A new two-storey restaurant development, valued at around £1 million, has been proposed for the Brayford waterfront area of Lincoln.

Lincoln-based Stem Architects, on behalf of applicants Investors in Lincoln, have set out initial plans for the 529 sq metre building in powder coated aluminium with glass balustrades.



Part of the building will be on stilts and the structure will be similar in appearance to the Wagamama restaurant which opened in 2012 – also designed by Stem

The site is presently occupied by a small viewing platform and developers say the structure is unsafe and in need of replacement.

The plans will go before the City of Lincoln Council in February, after which planners will put construction works out to tender.



Investors in Lincoln say the project, which would see the building leased to a well-known restaurant chain (yet to be decided), is hoped to be completed within a year.

Investors in Lincoln Chief Executive David Rossington, who is also the director of The Brayford Trust, said:

“There is so much more retail interest in Lincoln than there was years ago. The Brayford is a jewel on Lincoln’s crown but it needs a lot of polishing.

“The development will create jobs both during the construction phase and also on completion. The Wagamama restaurant created around 30 local jobs and I see this project having a similar result.

“Another aim of the project is to provide secure income for the Brayford Trust from the rental of the building. The trust has no source of income other than the rental of the moorings. About a third of the moorings need renewing so we need to do all we can to fund the upkeep of the Brayford.”

The Brayford Trust which oversees restoration and development of the waterfront area, previously set out its vision for the future that involves creating a circular route around the perimeter of the pool.

David added: “We have aspirations of two new footbridges to improve pedestrian access around Brayford Wharf. We are still looking at this but would however need to rely on grant funding or private investment.”



Objections

The plans have so far been met with some local objections, including representations from the West End Residents Association.

Sandra Lewis said: “We are of course aware that the Wagamama restaurant has set out a precedent of sorts for this type of development but this was only a replacement for an existing building (Harbour Master’s Offices).

“We feel strongly that any further encroachment onto the view across the Brayford should be strongly restricted as if this application is approved then it could open the door to further similar ones.

“We do feel that there are sufficient restaurants already along that area of the Brayford.”
 

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Work to start on new University of Lincoln Isaac Newton Building



The University of Lincoln’s new addition to the Brayford Pool campus, a science, maths and engineering building, will enter its first construction phase before the end of the month.

The Isaac Newton Building, which has been given a construction value of £15 million, is being created to support the university’s growth in engineering, computer science, mathematics and physics.



The building is named after Sir Isaac Newton, the great mathematician and physicist, who lived in Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth near Grantham, Lincolnshire.

Work is due to start in late January 2015 and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The first phase of the development will be an eastward extension of the current Engineering Hub, creating more space for the university and Siemens.

In the summer construction will start on the second, larger phase of the building. This will be located to the south of the existing building and will take around 18 months to complete.



The building will include new teaching space, specialist workshops and laboratories, offices and research equipment.

There are also plans for a 500-seat lecture theatre – the largest lecture theatre on campus – and a new catering outlet.

The proposed building is expected to be 4 storeys tall with an overall internal area of approximately 7,000 square metres – triple the size (by floorspace) of the current Engineering Hub.

The site of the extended building is currently used for staff car parking.



Professor Andrew Hunter, Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Science at the University of Lincoln, said: “The Isaac Newton Building will be a superb new facility for students, staff and industrial partners.

“By bringing together under one roof the related disciplines of engineering, computer science, mathematics and physics, we will create an environment where cross-disciplinary ideas can flourish.”

Funding bid

The Isaac Newton Building signals the next phase of the university’s Brayford Campus Masterplan which will see more than £100m invested over the next decade.

A University of Lincoln spokesperson said: “The University has made an application to the European Investment Bank, a significant co-funder of capital projects in the UK higher education sector. This bid forms the next major phase of our ongoing strategy for investment, in line with the vision set out in our Campus Masterplan.

“Our aim is to invest more than £100m in creating world class facilities which will enable us to extend our research activities, develop new teaching practices and, most importantly, continue to deliver a top quality student experience.”

Ongoing investment

Work on site marks another significant step in the University of Lincoln’s ongoing investment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subject areas.

In September 2014 it opened the new Joseph Banks Laboratories at the Lincoln Science and Innovation Park – a multi-million pound partnership with Lincolnshire Co-op.

The University has also announced plans for the Boole Technology Centre which will provide high quality commercial accommodation for science and technology businesses at the science park.

Funding has been secured through the government’s Growth Deal via the Greater Lincolnshire LEP.

The Lincoln School of Engineering, established in 2009 in collaboration with Siemens plc, was the first facility of its kind to be created in the UK for more than two decades.



It was supported with funding from the European Regional Development Fund and other sources.

The School of Mathematics and Physics was established in 2014 with the aid of £6.8m of funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

The University of Lincoln was awarded a further £5m by HEFCE as part of a national £200m programme of investment in STEM teaching capital projects announced in December 2014.
 

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Fountains and cathedral projections in new Lincoln High Street zone plan



Lincolnshire County Council has put forward two new-look plans for a pedestrian zone on Lincoln High Street.

The plans, which are currently being developed along with feedback from attendees of proposal display events, would see the section of the High Street between Tentercroft Street and St Mary’s Street closed off completely to vehicles.

The pedestrian-only area would be redesigned with modern features and facilities and current options include unique lighting features, water fountains and highlights of local heritage.



The two options discussed at a recent proposal meeting are:

A concept which draws on the design of Lincoln Cathedral’s stained glass Dean’s Eye Rose Window, with an image of the colourful glass projected on the paving of the new ‘Rose Square’. The square would also be defined with circular planting and water features.



Local history and old tram lines inspired the ideas behind a second design for the area, which would in this example be named ‘St Mary’s Square’. Steel tracks would wind along the High Street and tree planters with wheels would be movable on the tracks. The design also features in-paving lighting and lines of water-jet fountains and a pool. Local history text or public art would be embedded in the streetscape.



Development of the area will begin on completion of the East West Link road through the city in 2016.

Members of the public were invited to review the proposals on February 3 and submit their ideas and feedback.

In addition, work is underway to improve pedestrian access over the High Street level crossing with the erection of a new footbridge.

Les Davies, senior projects leader, said: “Around 50 people came along over the day, including local businesses and members of the public.

“The feedback was mostly supportive, although we do need to carefully consider how we cater for local businesses that rely on vehicles accessing the front of their property.

“The opportunity to remove traffic from the area was well supported, as was the idea of introducing a street market and more pavement cafes.

“We’re now analysing the feedback, and will then prepare a further option to take forward.

“We hope to complete this phase of the consultation by the end of March.

“After this we’ll be making bids to potential funding bodies. We hope to start the scheme on site soon after the East West Link Road is completed in the autumn of 2016.”
 

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Thanks BenbobJr

Your updates are much appreciated. You seem to be the only person posting anything interesting.

Saw something on Look North about the new Sincil St/Bus station development. Any more news on that? Looked like the plans had been revised.

Actually I think it was this Cornhill redevelopment that was mentioned.

http://www.lincolnshireecho.co.uk/M...ns-Lincoln-s/story-26084808-detail/story.html
Sorry I've been slacking, here;s the latest in the Bus Station

Lincoln council approves £858k extra funding for Lincoln Transport Hub



Members of the City of Lincoln Council’s Executive have approved the next stages of development for the Central Lincoln Transport Hub project at a meeting on May 26.

The £29 million scheme includes demolishing the existing bus station to build a larger facility next to the train station, replacing the pedestrian and platform footbridges over the railway with a dual function footbridge, and constructing a 1,000 space multi-storey car park.

Highway improvements to St Mary’s Street and the front of the train station will also be made as part of the proposed scheme, with cyclists to benefit from additional cycle spaces and lanes.

As previously reported, plans for the project were revealed in January this year.

In February, construction company Willmott Dixon was appointed to deliver the scheme.

The city council hopes to submit a planning application for the project next month, and has agreed on an additional £858,000 of capital funds to develop the scheme.

The extra funding would bring the council’s total investment in the project to £2.1 million.

Councillor Ric Metcalfe, leader of the city council, said: “A new, fit for purpose transport hub is vital to ensure the city’s economic future and this is a hugely important project for the people of Lincoln, in addition to visitors and businesses as well.

“It’s therefore essential we do everything within our power to progress this much-needed project, which will ensure the vitality of our city centre. An integrated transport interchange in the heart of the city to serve residents, businesses and visitors, achieving the growth the city needs.

“The city is in dire need of a new, modern bus station, able to cope with increased passenger numbers and opening up the possibility of more services in the future.

“It’s also worth noting this scheme would also complement the county council’s East West Link Road and Network Rail’s new footbridge in High Street to create a more accessible, welcoming and functioning city centre.

“This is a once in a generation opportunity to improve the area and we and our partners must press ahead with these exciting plans to order to ensure the £11 million indicative funding is confirmed.”

In early 2014, the project received £11 million indicative funding through the Single Local Growth Fund from the Department for Transport.

If the funding is successful, and subject to receiving planning permission and additional funding, the scheme would be delivered by the city council in partnership with Lincolnshire Co-op and Network Rail, working with East Midlands Trains and Lincolnshire County Council.

Angela Andrews, Acting Chief Executive at the city council, said: “Ongoing discussions with partners over recent months have enabled us to propose an enhanced scheme, building on the original plans we announced in January but with a whole range of additional benefits that facilitate the wider regeneration of both the Sincil Street and Tentercroft Street areas.

“More than 200 people responded to a public consultation earlier this year, which was overwhelmingly positive, and showed us that residents and local businesses do want these facilities and improvements.

“This is one of the most important projects we are working on and we and our partners remain committed to ensuring Lincoln Transport Hub happens.”
 

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The Mall in Lincoln poised to reopen as Wildwood restaurant



Some 30 new jobs have been signalled as expanding restaurant chain Wildwood plans its first Lincolnshire restaurant in place of the former Mall Shopping Centre in Lincoln.

Chartered surveyor Banks Long & Co announced that the national chain will submit a planning application to refurbish the site of The Mall in upper High Street within two weeks.

Wildwood, which already has 40 eateries and more in the pipeline, said it is aware that Lincoln is growing in prominence and it has had its eye on the city for some time.

The site, which is in line for a complete revamp, will offer relaxed dining, with a menu which features pizza, pasta and grilled dishes, hoping to attract shoppers, students and passing tourists.

Banks Long & Co Managing Director Tim Bradford said: “We have turned down a number of wet-led late night bar operations in favour of Wildwood, which offers a top quality dining experience including a small bar and retail area.

“This new name for Lincoln signals new jobs and continues the revitalisation process being seen throughout the City Centre. It is great news for Lincoln.”

Wildwood is owned by Tasty Plc. Its Joint Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director Samuel Kaye said: “We are really excited to be opening a restaurant in Lincoln. The city has been on our radar for some time.

“We recognise how Lincoln has improved, with an expanding economy and a surge in tourist and student numbers. We can’t wait to bring our fantastic new dining concepts to the people of Lincoln.”

The aim is to have Wildwood ready to be completely fitted out and ready to welcome its first diners in time for Christmas.
 

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Council approves four-storey University of Lincoln science hub plans



Work has now begun on a four-storey College of Science building on the University of Lincoln’s Brayford campus after permission was granted by the City of Lincoln Council.

The Isaac Newton project, which forms the next phase of the university’s progressing masterplan, is to house the College of Science and 500-seat lecture theatre.

The city council’s planning committee approved the proposals at a meeting on Wednesday, May 27.

The 7,000 square metre development would branch off from the existing Engineering Hub on the campus, which was constructed in 2011.

The construction is triple the size of the Engineering Hub, and is on a site which is currently used as a gravel car park.



Around 29 parking spaces would be lost to the development, however plans included an additional 45 new spaces and an electric charging point off the site’s access road.

As outlined previously, laboratories, teaching areas, seminar rooms, office space and catering will be provided as part of the development, which sits adjacent to Ropewalk.

The building is named after Sir Isaac Newton, the great mathematician and physicist, who lived in Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth near Grantham, Lincolnshire.

The project follows the opening of the £14 million Joseph Banks Laboratories in October 2014, and joins a phased programme of development including the £6.75 million Boole Technology Centre and expanding Lincoln Science Park.
 

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Plans revealed for Lincoln university building on derelict Brayford site



Designs and development proposals have been revealed for a five storey building on Brayford Wharf East, housing the University of Lincoln’s School of Social Sciences.

The Sarah Swift Building project is hoped to provide a new home for the Schools of Health and Social Care and Psychology, as well as a Professional Development Centre (with ongoing training for medical professionals in Lincolnshire).

Nursing and psychology student numbers are said to be growing rapidly in the city, with the number for the academic year 2018/19 predicted as 1,697.

A design statement and application has been submitted to the City of Lincoln Council, proposing a development with around 3,750m2 of net usable area.



As reported previously, the new development will also create the walkway between the Brayford area and the High Street for pedestrians and cyclists.



The site to the north of the university’s recently acquired David Chiddick Building, known as Wigford Yard, was previously earmarked for a student accommodation block. Plans were revised however after residents raised concerns over its size.

If the proposals are approved, the development would require the demolition of the existing late 19th century ‘Pea Warehouse’.



Plans acknowledged that the brownfield site and historic warehouse is important in terms of local significance and a reminder of Lincoln’s past food-processing industry.

The university considered a number of design options, alongside partners Faulkner Browns Architects and Globe Consultants, that would incorporate the old warehouse within the build.



The application states however that due to adaptation challenges, funding and walkway provisions, “there is no realistic alternative than demolition”.



Architecturally, the building’s form will represent a series of ‘stacked volumes’ with individual schools layered by floor.

From the outside, the building facade will include a weathering Corten Steel ‘wrap’ and glazing.





The plans come as the next phase to the University of Lincoln’s Masterplan

 

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Here's another.

Long-term ambitions revealed for renovation of Lincoln Cathedral



Plans for a 20 year project to increase the number of visitors at one of Lincoln’s most iconic tourist attractions have been unveiled.

Lincoln Cathedral officials have designed a three-stage plan to ensure the Gothic building gains national and international recognition as a major heritage site.

The first stage, Lincoln Cathedral Connected, has already won backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund with a £900,000 grant and a further £11.3 million earmarked for the development.

The £16 million project includes renovating old and constructing new buildings to create a brand-new interpretation centre, restaurant, gift shop, classrooms and exhibition space.

It will also involve landscaping to the west and north of the cathedral, opening up areas like the Dean’s Green to the public for the first time in decades.



The new visitor facilities and landscaping are expected to be completed by 2020.

But the Connected scheme is just the first step in a much bigger blueprint devised by a special projects team at the Cathedral.

The full programme, likely to cost a further £3 million, includes:

Converting the current refectory into a reading room and the possible digitisation of some of the manuscripts and rare books.
Landscaping along the south side to complete pedestrianisation of the close; including conservation of the Galilee and Judgment Porches which are also located on the south side of the Cathedral.
Changes to the Barbican between the Castle and Cathedral are also being considered.
It is estimated the Connected project alone would result in an extra 125,000 visitors a year, bringing in an additional estimated profit of £500,000 to the Cathedral.

The Very Reverend Philip Buckler, Dean of Lincoln, said: “The medium and long term plans we have for the development of the facilities at Lincoln Cathedral are very exciting indeed.

“The Connected project is certainly at the centre of our ambitions but when that’s completed we won’t be resting on our laurels.

“Our team are already planning how we can develop further and the next few years could be a defining period in the Cathedral’s history.”
 
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